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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sheding Light on Solar Panel Construction

Urban & Suburban Dwellers, as well as any Rural Types who live in structures resembling houses, can count on having one thing in common...they all have a roof over their heads. While a roof has a lot of good uses like keeping snow, rain and other aspects of Mother Nature at bay, it also provides a great location for installing things like a solar panel or two, which can help in reducing home energy costs.

As energy prices rise, the attraction toward alternative energy sources like solar power also rises, however, once you start looking into solar energy, you quickly find that a big limiting factor is cost...the cost of the solar panels themselves, for instance.

That leads to the next progression of thought...Couldn't you just build one of these panels yourself? Simply put, YES you can, and if done right, you can build one just as good, just as efficient, and a whole lot cheaper than a store-bought solar panel.

If you go the DIY route... you first must know what makes up a solar panel, and what better way to learn is to see how real store-bought panels are made.

So here...for your viewing pleasure...is "How It's Made...Solar panels"

While it's not likely you have a giant easy-bake oven or a fancy suction-cup solar-cell carrier thingie, it's easy to see that making a working solar panel boils down to simple soldering skills, some framing, glass work, a steady hand... and a source of solar cells.

Ready to build a solar energy farm on the roof? Here's a final word of caution, since solar energy has become more attractive, there is a world of fly-by night operators making a killing selling how-to secrets, home-built solar plans, and sub-grade solar cells and materials. Before you start...study more, search the topic, READ UP ON THE SUBJECT.

One last video...a little taste of Solar Cell future, courtesy of the History Channel...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We're still in Hurricane Season

You can't tell by watching the weather, but it's still hurricane season. Although so far (knock on wood), the Atlantic has been quiet, now is definitely NOT the time to let our guard down...especially since most Atlantic Coast landfall storms usually occur late in the season.

As the summer months turn to fall anywhere along the East Coast, from Miami to Cape Cod is in the cross hairs. Are you prepared?

It's a good idea to review any preparations you may have. Check your supplies, make a list, PLAN AHEAD!

If you haven't a clue where to start, here's a suggestion. Check out this great web page full of information at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Controls Hurricane Preparedness Page.

UPDATE: NHC has issued an advisory on Tropical Depression TWO

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Remains of missing Gulf War Pilot Found

Not necessarly a Prepper Topic, we still wish to offer our condolences to those who can now have closure to a tragic loss.

RIP: Capt. Michael Scott Speicher USN
Capt. Michael Scott Speicher went missing the first night of Operation Desert Storm, when his F/A-18 went down in Iraq. The Navy announced August 2 that his remains had been located by Marines in Iraq's Anbar province.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

American Preppers on Internet Radio Show!

UPDATE:Listen in to the show starting at 2PM Eastern with the Button at right.
Good things are happening for the American Preppers Network. We just got invited to be a part in a special episode of The Family Preparedness Guide, Hosted by noted author James Talmage Steven on Blogtalk Radio.

The live call-in show, scheduled 2PM EST/ 1PM CST, is one of the most popular shows on Blogtalk.radio, with world-wide coverage of listeners tuning in regularly for news & information about family preparedness.
If you have a question and would like to participate in the discussion, the Call-in Number: (347) 326-9604 will be available nation-wide.

We're excited to be a part of the program and are looking forward to talking preparedness, spreading the news of the American Preppers Network.

Tune in Saturday, 2PM EST/ 1PM CST by clicking here.

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